Vitamin E!

Wednesday, 08. July 2015

Vitamin E!

Vitamins are organic molecules that the human body does not use for energy, but for vital functions. Since the body cannot produce most of these vitamins, they must be absorbed through our food. One member of this group is vitamin E.​

There is no one single vitamin E . This is a collective name for a whole family of antioxidants. They fulfill a similar function in the body, but have no common chemical structure. The group of E-vitamins has 16 members.

These members have many positive effects on the body and health. They are involved in the biological processes of the cells and affect the functioning of certain enzymes. Vitamin E is good for the skin and for the hair. It helps wounds heal faster, skin stay firmer, and hair grow stronger. 

This molecule group also protects the artery walls, reduces inflammation and boosts the immune system. They also have neuroprotective effects and prevent against Alzheimers. Their effect in cancer prevention is also not to be underestimated.

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin which can be stored in all organs of the body, but is found mainly in the fatty tissue and the adrenal gland.

High-quality organic vegetable oils such as wheat germ, olive, sunflower or sesame oil contain high amounts of vitamin E.  If you want to use oils for frying, try red palm oil or organic coconut oil. Nuts and seeds (hazelnuts, pine nuts, almonds) also supply large amounts of natural Vitamin E.  Vitamin E is also found in many vegetables (asparagus, beans, tomatoes, broccoli) and cereals (wheat bran, oats, rye, corn). Since animals absorb vitamin E from food, eggs, milk and meat are also sources.

In regard to your daily intake, there are no uniform recommendations. Figures for vitamins in general are always estimates. The daily requirement is highly dependent on your individual lifestyle and eating habits.